Conjectural reconstruction of burial taking place at the West Smithfield Black Death cemetery by Faith Vardy (c) Crossrail

A glimpse of the Black Death at West Smithfield

Enfield Archaeological Society, Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, Enfield, EN2 0AJ

Start: 8:00 pm

Be a part of this exciting lecture on a thrilling subject! MOLA's Senior Osteologist Don Walker will talk about a Black Death burial ground at the Charterhouse Square.

The excavation of a Crossrail grout shaft in Charterhouse Square in 2013 provided the opportunity to record a small section of a documented Black Death burial ground, originally called Spitalcroft, opened in late 1348 or early 1349. It was used during the height of the Black Death when between one third and one half of London’s population died. Although there may have been mass pits or trenches in other parts of the cemetery, the MOLA excavation revealed a well ordered area of the cemetery which continued to be used in later outbreaks of plague.

Doors open at 7:30 pm and there is a small charge for visitor at £1.50 per person. There is no need to book.